The College of Education and Rehabilitation Department of Occupational Therapy accepts applications to the Master of Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program only through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS).

The processing of applications by OTCAS (www.otcas.org) begins mid-July, one year prior to the year of desired enrollment. Applications must be submitted on or before April 1 of the year of desired enrollment.
  • Student application reviews begin when an application is verified by OTCAS
  • Interviews are scheduled and initiated, beginning in September 
  • Candidates meeting the requirements are admitted on a weekly basis until class capacity is reached 
See a profile of the most recent Entering Class (PDF)

It is to an applicant’s advantage to apply as early as possible to ensure priority consideration for admission. 


Apply at OTCAS               


 
Criteria & Prerequisites

The College of Education and Rehabilitation actively seeks individuals with an undergraduate degree and diverse life experiences who desire to become occupational therapists.

To be considered, an applicant must:

  • Submit a properly completed application to the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) (www.otcas.org). Detailed instructions regarding the completion of the application and the essay are provided on the OTCAS website.

  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (or currently attending) directly to OTCAS.

  • Complete a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, prior to enrollment. It is highly recommended that an applicant have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students with less than a 3.0 GPA should consult the Admissions Office prior to applying.

  • Complete admissions prerequisites at the college level with a grade of ‘B’ or better.

  • Submit satisfactory score results (50 percentile rankings or higher recommended) on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).
    • Completion of the GRE or MAT is required within three years of your desired entrance date to the Program.
    • If you are submitting the GRE, you may submit results directly to OTCAS (Designated Institution code is 1999). 
    • If you are submitting the MAT, you may submit results directly to the Office of Admissions (Institution code is 2556).
    • Applicants who have received a Master's degree are exempt from this admissions requirement. 
  • Acquire a minimum of 50 hours of observation experience with an Occupational Therapist.
    • ‚ÄčOf these 50 hours, applicants must complete a minimum of 8 hours in both pediatric and adult settings (may be volunteer and/or employment).
  • Three letters of evaluation are required. Arrange to have forwarded directly to OTCAS the following letters of evaluation:
    • One letter from a Registered Occupational Therapist (OTR) regarding your work, shadowing, or observation experience
    • One letter from a teaching faculty member (at the undergraduate level or above) or research supervisor assessing your ability to complete graduate work, and qualifications for a professional scholarly career.
    • One letter must be written from a person with authority (i.e. faculty, work supervisor, OT professional, etc.) regarding your work and/or assessing your qualifications for graduate education, ability to complete graduate work, and qualifications for a professional scholarly career.
    • Additional letters will enhance the file but will not fulfill our required letters of evaluation.
  • Candidates from an affiliated institution applying to the 4+2 BS/MSOT program, please review any additional requirements and deadlines.
  • International Students, please review below any additional requirements needed.
  • All credentials submitted on behalf of an applicant become a part of that applicant’s file with the University and cannot be returned.

Prerequisites

The required course work listed below must be completed at the college level with a grade of 'B' or better. An applicant need not have completed all prerequisites prior to filing an application, but must be able to complete all outstanding prerequisites prior to enrollment.

Credit by examination (such as AP credits) is permitted for any prerequisites needed to apply for the occupational therapy program except for the Anatomy and Physiology requirements. No credit is given for experiential learning.

A total of at least 18 semester credits are required in the following areas:
  • **Anatomy and Physiology 1 with lab (or Anatomy with lab)
  • **Anatomy and Physiology 2 with lab (or Physiology with lab)
  • Statistics (Psychology- or Sociology-based course recommended)
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Development or Lifespan Psychology
  • Sociology (or Cultural Anthropology)
**Anatomy and Physiology course work completed within an Exercise Science or Kinesiology department will also be accepted. Similar course work may be reviewed on a case by case basis for an approved substitution. Note: Online Anatomy and Physiology course work will not fulfill the prerequisites. 

Prerequisite credits completed ten or more years prior to the anticipated entrance date will be reviewed for approval on an individual basis.
International Students & Practitioners

INTERNATIONAL TRANSCRIPTS

For international students and practitioners who have completed their college degree(s) outside of the U.S. or Canada, please provide the Office of Admissions with the following information:

  • A course-by-course credential review from an accredited agency, which evidences all post-secondary studies completed.  Please consult agency’s web site for requirements to complete the evaluation. 
  • An official evaluation must be sent from the agency directly to:
    • Salus University, Office of Admissions
      8360 Old York Road
      Elkins Park, PA  19027
  • These services are provided by various agencies including:  
    • World Education Services
      PO Box 5087, Bowling Green Station
      New York, NY 10274-5087
      Phone: 212-966-6311
      www.wes.org

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Fluency in written and spoken English is essential for success in a Salus University academic program as well as to help ensure patient/client safety and/or effective communication with members of a healthcare team. Official results from the TOEFL (or IELTS) examination are required for all students for whom English is a second language (ESL).

Exceptions will be made for ESL applicants who hold degrees or diplomas from accredited post-secondary institutions in countries where English is the official language and in which English is the language of instruction (e.g. the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand).  

The TOEFL (or IELTS) examination must be taken within two years prior to the start date of the entering class to which an applicant seeks admission. 
Admissions Selection Process

The Admissions Committee has established policies that include the selection of applicants best qualified to serve the public and the profession in the years to come. Many factors are considered in selecting students for our program, including:

  • academic performance
  • motivation
  • extracurricular activities and interests
  • related and unrelated work experience
  • personal achievements
  • essays
  • letters of evaluation
  • communication skills, including a demonstrated command of the English language, both written and oral

When evaluating academic performance, the applicant’s grade point average, performance in prerequisite courses, number of college credits completed, degree status and GRE (Graduate Record Exam) / MAT (Miller Analogies Test) scores are taken into consideration.

Admissions Selection Process - MS in Occupational Therapy Program

 

INTERVIEW PROCESS

Individuals successfully meeting the required admissions selection criteria may receive an invitation to visit our campus for an interview, which provides further insight into the applicant’s character and motivation, and allows an applicant the opportunity to meet with an Admissions staff member to discuss his or her application, tour our campus and meet with faculty and students.

 

NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE AND MATRICULATION FEE

An applicant may be notified of his or her acceptance as early as October, prior to the desired year of enrollment. Upon receipt of acceptance, an applicant is required to pay a $1,000 matriculation fee to the University prior to the start of classes, payable as follows:
  • Return the matriculation form along with a $250 deposit within 14 days of the date of the acceptance letter.
  • The balance of $750 for the matriculation fee is due April 1.
  • All monies received above are non-refundable and will be applied toward first term fees.
 

Advanced Standing or Transfer Credit

As per the College of Education and Rehabilitation policy, credit by transfer may be accepted for any course within the curriculum when it is determined that the transfer course is substantially equivalent to that offered by the College and OT program.  This equivalency will be determined by the course instructor and the program director.  Only courses in which the student receives a grade of ‘B’ or above will be considered for transfer.  The maximum number of semester hour credits a student may earn by transfer is six (6) semester hour credits. No credit is given for experiential learning.
 

Deferment of Admission

An accepted student with an unforeseen, extenuating circumstance prohibiting them from matriculating may request a deferment of admission in writing. The request must be directed to both the Dean of Students and the OT Program Director, and made via the Office of Admissions.

For deferment consideration, the following is required:
  • A deferment request submitted in writing by May 15, before the August start of the academic year. Please note, submission of a deferral request by the deadline does not guarantee approval.
  • Official documentation verifying the condition.
  • All non-refundable deposit fees and the matriculation supplement must be received (as directed in the University’s official Letter of Acceptance.)
If deferment is approved:
  • Admission will be extended to August matriculation of the next academic year.
  • A deferment will not extend beyond one admission cycle.
  • The student must contact the Office of Admissions, in writing, by April 1st of the deferred admission calendar year regarding his/her intention to resume enrollment.
  • The student will be required to meet with a member of the Admissions Committee prior to matriculation.
If a deferral request is denied:
  • A student has the option to withdraw acceptance from the Program, or reapply through OTCAS for future admission.
For questions regarding this policy, please contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@salus.edu. 

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Enrolled students who withdraw or are dismissed from the University will be responsible for the payment of tuition in accordance with the institutional refund schedule.